First things first. I’ve wanted to participate Modern Mrs Darcy’s Quick Lit link-up more often, but I had it in my head that I had to write about the books I’d read from May 15th-June 15th. And the idea of splitting the month of reading right in the middle just made my mind too tired to try. I think I get to blame my personality on this. I am a One… so. Yup. Sounds right.
But here’s the easy way. No mind-boggling. No hangups.
What I read in May 11 books (5 fiction, 6 Non-fiction)
Give Your Child the World by Jamie C. Martin – 5 stars. A book of booklists sorted by continent and then by age of intended reader. I will reference this until the kids outgrow it for an easy addition to their knowledge of geography and culture. Best used in tandem with the local library.
A Different Kind of Happiness by Larry Crabb – 4 stars. Good thought provoking read arguing that the greatest happiness comes through sacrificial love. I underlined a lot. (Review copy from Baker Books)
The Practice of Spiritual Direction by William A. Barry – 5 Stars. Though geared more towards Spiritual Directors, this has much value for everyday people too. Good for considering your own journey with God and learning to walk alongside others’ journeys. I found this fascinating and meaningful for the way my life is shaped.
The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller – 4 Stars. Such a fun read! I felt like my GBBS obsession finally had a purpose because I have so much secondhand baking knowledge. Sorta. About a baker who moves to the country, of course. Fun, humorful, interesting. (disclaimer for a couple TMI scenes.)
White Awake by Daniel Hill – An excellent resource for beginning to make your way into discussions of race and faith and questioning your presuppositions about the world you occupy. Smart, useful, an open door to learn more. (Review Copy from IvPress.)
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig – About a person who ages more slowly than the rest of the world. Such an interesting idea for a novel. Liked it. Another quick read.
The Wisdom of Your Heart by Marc Schelske – 5 Stars! excellent! One of the best books I’ve read this year. I always feel vaguely confused about emotions. This is a great primer for those less than emotionally literate and those wondering what place emotions have in their Christian experience.
The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan – 5 Stars – About a man who collects lost things and leaves his collection to his assistant to find out where they belong. A little hard to follow at first, but a lovely whimsical read with a satisfying close.
Sociable by Rebecca Harrington – An angsty read! It seemed really cliched and what the main character seemed to believe about herself was the opposite of how she acted and allowed herself to be treated. Also the constant focus on how you can’t make it as a writer. ugh. I finished it, but it stressed me out.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill – I can’t decide between ‘loved it’ and ‘liked it’. Enjoyable and magical, if a little dark at times. I think I would have loved it unquestionably as a kid, if I could get past the fact that it had witches and that was a no-no when I was growing up.
How to Raise Wild Child by Scott D. Sampson – 4 stars. Some solid inspiring information about the benefits of the outdoors for children and helpful tips for embracing the outdoors, especially the wild, with your children.
What was the best book you read last month? Why? I’d love to hear! :)
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